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Best Phillly Cheese Steak Ever?

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While attending a book signing in Westwood, I stumbled upon the Best Philly Cheese Steak Ever! It's at a place called South Street, located right next to the Broxton Parking Garage (2 hours free parking before 6 pm in Westwood...it's a miracle!) Anyway, South Street apparently uses bread dough shipped directly from Philadelphia and then "finished" in its ovens here...and WOW! It's spectacular...fresh/yeasty, soft and pleasantly chewy at the same time! On top of that, the beef in the sandwich is high-quality rib-eye, topped with a tasty blend of real cheese (not "cheez")...as a bonus, there are some truly tasty hot peppers and an addictive thin red hot sauce available to spice things up. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it...and I just finished lunch! Can't wait to go back and work my way through their other menu items, which include various Italian ices and a plethora of Philadelphia dessert specialties. According to their brochure, South Street also has a Burbank location...now all they need to is open a mid-Wilshire place so I can go on my lunch hour...then I will be a happy (and chubby!) camper! Has anyone else discovered South Street? What's the consensus? Or is there another Philly Cheese Steak place I need to try that comes close to South Street's amazing quality?

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  1. If you search this board, you'll find that the topic comes up about once/month, including this discussion from last week.
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/340805.

    To summarize: South Street is OK, but way overpriced. You can get the exact same thing for less at Philly's Best, Luigi Ortega's, and a host of other places nowadays. Actually, Philly's best and Luigi Ortega's are downright better than South Street. Both establishments serve Amoroso's rolls & offer Cheese Whiz. PB also sports Tastykakes & Philadelphia sodas, and Wise's potato chips. L&O's has birch beer in bottles, and also makes good hoagies with all of the requisite fixin's available, including both sweets & hots.

    Lee's Hoagie House in Pasadena (no relation to the Philadelphia establishment of the same name) serves very good hoagies and a creditable cheesesteak (beef or chicken), but no Cheese Whiz (American, Swiss & Provolone only).

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    1. re: Jack Flash

      Cheese Whiz is not a prerequsite for a good Philly cheesesteak. Most old-time Italian spots in and around Philly use provolone or american cheese. Tourist traps, Geno's/Pat's, have popularized Whiz.

      1. re: Philly

        And I hope it stays popular; Whiz mixed with provolone is the way to go.

        1. re: SauceSupreme

          I'd say it's a matter of individual taste preference.

          1. re: Philly

            I'm a wiz lover myself, it just makes sense. The grease from the meat mixes with the wiz and makes a wonderful potion...

            I'd drink it if I could.

      2. re: Jack Flash

        Actually Lees out here does have a prior relationship to the Philly chain. They franchised out here about 15-20 years ago, there were 4 or five of them, now this is the only one left. The ties are broken and I think for the better, the owner is a really nice guy, makes great food that I think is a step above Lee's in Philly. His salads are awesome.

      3. South Street is not that expensive if you order the combo -- philly cheesesteak, fries, small salad, and soft drink bar for $8 or $9. I think it is ok, and doesn't deserve the trashing it usually gets on this board.

        That said, south on Westwood Blvd. just past Santa Monica Blvd. is Philly West, a bar on the east side of the street. Very good philly cheesesteaks for about $5-$6 -- they are served with marinara, though they usually remember to ask if you want that. They also have a superlative burger, char-grilled, served on the same roll with grilled onions, big and juicy. Others prefer Markie D's, on Washington a block east of Sepulveda.

        1. Last year I was here asking about hoagies in Burbank. South Street had the only good one around, but even that fell off in quality the second time I went. Still, it's the place to start.

          Now I'm in Studio City, and tried the hoagie at Pappagallo's, on Coldwater. Interesting. Good bread, great meats--just lousy fixings. So I bring it home and doctor it up. As I told my wife, "It's not great, but I can work with it."

          Still looking for a great hoagie, if anyone has any suggestions.

          1. Hey, no love for Papa Jake's in Manhattan Beach and Bev Hills?? That's the spot that I head to when I get the Philly craving. mmmmmm.....

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